Facility Hours


Front Desk Hours
Monday-Thursday
   
4:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Friday                       
4:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Saturday                    
6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Sunday                      
6 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

Back Desk Hours
Monday-Thursday
    
5 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Friday                       
5 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Saturday                    
6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Sunday                       
7a.m.-9:30 p.m.

CLOSED - Easter & Christmas Day. Other holiday hours will be posted individually.    


 

Swim Lessons

Prairie Athletic Club's Learn to Swim Program is all newly formated by American Red Cross. 

The Learn To Swim Program is for children ages 6 months to 12 years old. 
                                                                                                              
Parent and Child Aquatics (6 mos.-3 yrs)-Parents and children learn together to increase a child's comfort level in the water and build a foundation of basic skills, such as arm and leg movements and breath control. The two levels are fun-filled and help introduce water safety concepts, encouraging a healthy recreational habit that your entire family can enjoy. 

Preschool Aquatics (about 3-5 yrs)-Throughout the three levels,
preschool-age children are taught basic aquatic safety, survival and swimming skills, all the while increasing their comfort level in and around the water. Skills are age-appropriate, helping children achieve success on a regular basis and enjoy social interactions with other children. As in all Swimming and Water Safety courses, your child will always know that it's safety first. 

Learn-to-Swim (about 6-12 yrs)-Designed to help participants acheive maximum success, Learn-to-Swim courses are based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers about 6+ years old and adults to develop their water safety, survival and swimming skills. Below is a list of class descriptions.  Read them carefully in order to place a child in the right level for his/her ability. Please click on the links below for specific class schedules and fees. Advance registration is required, either online or by contacting the front desk. 

Please direct questions or concerns to Hannah Popanz at 608-837-4646 or at h.popanz@prairieathletic.com   

 


Parent Infant Tot:ARC Parent & Child Aquatics

Level 1
(Ages 6 months-about 3 years)

Parents and children learn together to increase a child's comfort level in the water and build a foundation of basic skills, such as arm and leg movements and breath control. 

Limit 15 participants.

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Pre-Tiny Tots:ARC Parent & Child Aquatics

Level 2
(2-3 years)

Builds upon the skills learned in Level 1 and provides experiences and activities for children to:

  • Establish expectation for adult supervision.
  • Learn more ways to enter and exit the water in a safe manner.
  • Explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern.
  • Glide on the front and back with assistance.
  • Perform combined stroke on front and back with assistance.
  • Change body position in the water.
  • Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket in the water.
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics.
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Sea Horses: ARC Preschool Aquatics
Level 1

(about 3-5 years)

  • Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills.
  • Enter water using ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread with arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics
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Sea Turtles: ARC Preschool Aquatics

Level 2
(about 3-5 years)

  • Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water.
  • Enter water by stepping in from a deck or low height
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front float
  • Back glide and float and recover to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics
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Penguins: ARC Preschool Aquatics
Level 3
(about 3-5 years)
Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around water.
• Enter water by jumping in
• Fully submerge and hold breath
• Bobbing
• Rotary breathing
• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
• Front and back float or glide and recover to a vertical position
• Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
• Tread water using arm and leg actions
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
• Finning arm action on back
• Plus age-appropriate water safety topics
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Level 1: ARC Introduction to Water Skills

(about 6-12 years)
Pre-requisite: Must be 6 years old and demonstrate comfort in the water.

Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.

• Enter water using ramp, steps or side
• Exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
• Bobbing
• Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
• Front and back glides and recover to a vertical position
• Back float
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Tread water using arm and hand actions
• Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front
• Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on back
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
• Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

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Level 2: ARC Fundamental Aquatic Skills

(about 6-12 years)
Pre-requisite: Pass Level 1 or demonstrated competency in Level 1 skills.

Gives participants success with fundamental skills.
• Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side
• Exit water using ladder, steps or side
• Fully submerge and hold breath
• Bobbing
• Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
• Rotary breathing
• Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
• Back glide and recover to a vertical position
• Front glide and recover to vertical position
• Roll from front to back and back to front
• Tread water using arm and leg actions
• Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
• Finning arm action
• Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

 

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Level 3: ARC Stroke Development

(about 6-12 years)
Pre-requisite:
Pass Level 2 or demonstrated competency in Level 2 skills. All children entering Level 3 must be comfortable in deep water over their head,and must be able to swim 15 feet using front crawl with rhythmic breathing.


Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water.
• Enter water by jumping from the side, fully submerge then recover to the surface and return to the side
• Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
• Bobbing while moving toward safety
• Rotary breathing
• Back float
• Survival float
• Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
• Tread water
• Flutter and dolphin kicks on front
• Scissors and breaststroke kicks
• Front crawl and elementary backstroke
• Plus age-appropriate water safety topics
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Level 4: ARC Stroke Improvement

(about 6-12 years)
Pre-requisite: Pass Level 3 or demonstrated competency in Level 3 skills. All children entering Level 3 must be comfortable in deep water and swim one length of the pool combined stoke on front and back.

Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.
• Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
• Swim underwater
• Feetfirst surface dive
• Survival swimming
• Open turns on front and back
• Tread water using 2 different kicks
• Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
• Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
• Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

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Level 5: ARC Stroke Refinement

Pre-requisite: Pass Level 4 or demonstrated competency in Level 4 skills.

Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.
• Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
• Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely
• Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
• Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
• Sculling
• Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

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Level 6: ARC Swimming & Skill Proficiency

(about 6-12 years)
Pre-requisite: Passed Level 5 or must be able to demonstrate all the skills required to complete Level 5.

Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options that focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses, including the Water Safety instructor course, or other aquatic activities, such as competitive swimming or diving. Each option also includes applicable water safety topics.

Options include the following:
• Fitness Swimmer
• Personal Water Safety
• Fundamentals of Diving

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Summer Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Semi-Private Swim Lessons
Exceptional Swimming Class

This program is designed for children and young adults with mild social, emotional or physical challenges. This class will be held in our indoor lap pool. This program is intended to encourage the swimmers to explore the water through games, songs, playing with water toys and interacting with instructors and peers. Swimming skills at all levels are taught using kick boards and noodles. Swimmers will be given time to practice skills while positive and corrective feedback is given on how to improve strokes. Swimmers should be on at an independent level.

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Cancellation up to two weeks before the first Monday of the first class ~ full refund given.
Cancellation up to the first Monday of the first class ~ ½ refund given.
Cancellation after the first Monday of the first class ~ no refund given.

In the event Prairie Athletic Club closes due to inclement weather, one group lesson will be rescheduled.  Classes may be held on different dates and times.  In the event Prairie closes twice within one session, the second class will not be rescheduled.  Refunds will not be given for classes missed as a result of inclement weather.  Prairie Athletic Club makes every attempt to stay open to allow classes to run as scheduled.